Review: Truly, Madly by Heather Webber

Posted on February 23, 2011


Series: Lucy Valentine #1

Hero: Sean Donahue

Heroine: Lucy Valentine

Lucy Valentine is as smart as can be, as single as you can get, and so not qualified to run a matchmaking service. But when her parents temporarily step down from the family business, Valentine, Inc., it’s Lucy’s turn to step up and help out—in the name of love.

Plus, her rent is due.

Here’s the problem: Lucy doesn’t have the knack for matchmaking. According to family legend, every Valentine has been blessed by Cupid with the ability to read “auras” and pair up perfect couples. But not Lucy. Her skills were zapped away years ago in an electrical surge, and now all she can do is find lost objects. What good is that in the matchmaking world? You’d be surprised. In a city like Boston, everyone’s looking for something. So when Lucy locates a missing wedding ring—on a dead body—she asks the sexy private eye who lives upstairs to help her solve the perfect crime. And who knows? Maybe she’ll find the perfect love while she’s at it…

Don’t judge a book by its cover.  Which I often do.  Fortunately, I have some friends (Hilcia, Nath) who knock some sense into me and I get to read these goodie books that I would have otherwise missed out on.  [Kidding about the knock some sense into me part, not the goodie books.]

Unlike her family who can read auras (see above book blurb), Lucy Valentine can locate missing objects from touching a person’s hands.  However, her skills apply only to inanimate objects and for that reason she’s always felt the skill wasn’t anything useful since she couldn’t use it to help those in need.  Or so she thinks.  When her father, the King of Love, was caught with his pants down during a heart attack – and it wasn’t his wife who was with him – he goes away to recuperate and leaves the family business, Valentine, Inc. to Lucy.  This is the turning point in Lucy’s life.

Michael, one of Lucy’s clients, decided it was time to get over his lost love and settle down with a new woman since his ex-fiancé left him six years before and has refused to speak to him since.  A softie at heart, Lucy offers to contact the ex to explain what the woman before refused to listen to which was that Michael was set up when she was shown pictures of him in bed with another woman. But as she shakes Michael’s hand she gets a vision of an engagement ring on the finger of a skeleton – the engagement ring that Michael’s ex mailed back to him but he never received.  Upon digging further, the skeleton is discovered and her client is a suspect in the murder.  As things couldn’t get more amazing Lucy becomes a wanted woman – but not because she’s done something criminally.  In fact, Lucy is wanted because she locates a missing little boy from a sweatshirt he was wearing when he disappeared…and then ran before anyone could get her name so now she’s the mysterious wanted woman for doing a good deed.

I truly enjoyed reading Truly, Madly which is the start of a fun and cute series.  Not quite a paranormal, mystery, or romance the series features a bit of each plus some comedy.  Instead of the hero it is the heroine who makes the book engaging.  Lucy comes from a wealthy family but when an electrical surge zapped her ability to read auras she’s since shunned her family’s wealth and tried her hands experimenting different jobs.  Though she is 28yrs old she comes across younger – possibly because she remains positive even when she’s down.  Since Lucy has lost the family’s matchmaking ability, she’s at odds with her life and still searching for a meaningful direction in life. A tad quirky but witty, sassy as her mom and grandma often refers to her, Lucy is very caring and kind and just beginning to realize the extent of her ESP abilities.

This is a great book to curl up and read and even better when you’re on a little vacation because it is a lighthearted, breezy reading with just enough comedy not to be over the top yet enough to entertain and make you laugh out loud more than a few times.  A cute start to a new series, I was very much entertained by the quirky Lucy and equally quirky cast of family and friends.  Even more engaging is Lucy’s precarious but slowly developing romantic relationship with Sean Donahue, the PI who works upstairs from Valentine, Inc.  Instead of bedroom action and lots of lusty thoughts – though we do get some from Lucy since the book is written from her POV – we get more glimpses of Sean and Lucy learning to get to know each other, from tentative kisses and touches to heated glances.  Boy, do these two get some heated play time but it extends no further than second base.  Frustrating to say the least but Lucy knows why and she can’t tell Sean that it’s because her family is curse by Cupid which is another story and one that you have to read the book to find out.

Sounds chaotic?  But it’s in a fun way.  The only thing – okay, maybe two things – that put a damper on my overall enjoyment is that Sean remains somewhat of an enigma.  While there are enough interactions to have the readers believe in Sean and Lucy’s feelings for each other, there wasn’t enough about Sean to truly know him – at least not enough to justify Lucy sharing certain family confidences with him considering their short acquaintance (and compared to her best friends who’ve she known since childhood and still not in the loop).  Another thing though a minor one, the ending involving the villain was a bit abrupt and darker than expected from a light, fluffy reading.  Overall though, this is an enjoyable chick (lit) reading.  I’ve already checked out books #2 and #3 and liked both as well.

To Nath and Hilcia, thank you for recommending the books to me to read.  As always, my pockets get looser because of your recommendations. 😉

Grading: B / B+

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